Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture | Art
Unraveling the Perfectionism of Christmas, Ballet, and ‘The Nutcracker’

I aged out of leotards and ballet—not perfectionism. But tight buns suck. And so do tightly scripted holidays.

Dec 13, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
Listening to Ariana Grande’s “fake smile” and Holding onto My Teacher Persona

In her rejection of performing happiness, Grande invokes gratitude for the impact she’s made on others. I have to believe the same.

Dec 13, 2022
Columns | Arts & Culture | Notes of a Nostalgic Nigerian
A Migrant’s Fashion Manifesto

It is a sin against myself to be anonymous.

Dec 12, 2022
Arts & Culture | Television
Wednesday Addams Is the Ultimate Outcast

Wednesday Addams does not want to play with you.

Dec 8, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
Rihanna and the Legacy of Liberated Caribbean Women

I wanted to be loud, wild, and sexually liberated like them. I just didn’t know how.

Dec 7, 2022
Arts & Culture | Television
TV Recaps Taught Me How to Write Criticism

They provided a blueprint by showing the critical apparatus in a container transparent enough that I could see the inner workings.

Dec 6, 2022
Arts & Culture | Video Games
Playing ‘Tunic’ Reminds Me How to Approach Sickness and Recovery

Like the Fox in the video game ‘Tunic,’ remembering the past helped me face my struggles in the present with Covid.

Dec 1, 2022
Arts & Culture | Television
Chris Farley Taught Me to Laugh and to Grieve

Only now, with my adult eyes, am I able to perceive the pathos in his performances and the potential he never had the chance to fulfill.

Dec 1, 2022
Arts & Culture | Television
Why Pop Culture Loves the Toxic Drama Teacher Trope

There is a great tradition of depicting the archetype of the unbridled, emotionally exploitative acting teacher.

Nov 29, 2022
Arts & Culture | Video Games
How the Pokémon Soundtracks Unlock a Unique Form of Nostalgia

And as we push forward into the new Paldea region in the games Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the music will continue to capture attention.

Nov 17, 2022